9th NoRSA Conference

Regional Outcomes of Global Challenges in the Nordic Countries

Vilnius, Lithuania

May 2-3, 2024

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

The 9th NoRSA Conference ÔÇťRegional Outcomes of Global Challenges in the Nordic CountriesÔÇŁ organized by the Institute of Sociology at the Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences, in partnership with Vilnius University and Nordic division of RSA, will take place in Vilnius on the 2nd and 3rd of May 2024. The event aims to strengthen cooperation and knowledge exchange between researchers from the Nordic States represented in the Nordic Council of Regional Studies Association (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden). The researchers from mainly Nordic countries will present the most recent results of their studies during parallel sessions. Keynote presenters from Norway, Estonia and Czech Republic are invited as well.

The 9th NoRSA Conference presents an opportunity to discuss and debate most recent issues related to regional studies and regional policy and to develop links for future cooperation. The conference organisers are keen to attract papers, which identify new fields of enquiry, address broad research agendas at local and regional levels. Papers which are highly innovative, collaborative, international or multi-disciplinary are especially welcome.

CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS

The 9th edition is organized by the Institute of Sociology at the Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences, Vilnius University and Nordic division of RSA.

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ORGANISING COMMITTEE

Donatas BURNEIKA,
Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences
Gintar─Ś POCI┼¬T─ľ – SEREIKIEN─ľ,
Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences
Viktorija BARANAUSKIEN─ľ,
Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences
Dovil─Ś KRUPICKAIT─ľ, Vilnius University
Ar┼źnas BURINSKAS, Vilnius University

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

Donatas BURNEIKA,
Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences
R┼źta UBAREVI─îIEN─ľ,
Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences
Dovil─Ś KRUPICKAIT─ľ, Vilnius University
Giedr─Ś DZEMYDAIT─ľ, Vilnius University
Markku SOTARAUTA, Tampere University
Laura JAMES, Aalborg University
Roman MARTIN, University of Gothenburg
Garri RAAGMAA, University of Tartu
Zaiga KRISJANE, University of Latvia
Martin HENNING, University of Gothenburg

IMPORTANT DATES

Abstract submission deadline: FEBRUARY 12, 2024 
Notification of acceptance: FEBRUARY 20, 2024
Presenter registration deadline: MARCH 1, 2024
Early bid registration deadline: MARCH 1, 2024
Conference dates: MAY 2-3, 2024

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Jiri Bla┼żek

Charles University, Czech Republic

TOPIC: The Role Of System-level Agency And Regional Governance Modes In Evolutionary Pathways Of Regional Industries

Jiri Bla┼żek

Charles University, Czech Republic

Keynote Speakers

Charles University, Czech Republic

Ji┼Ö├ş Bla┼żek

TOPIC: The Role Of System-level Agency And Regional Governance Modes In Evolutionary Pathways Of Regional Industries

Ji┼Ö├ş Bla┼żek is the Head of Department of Social Geography and Regional Development at Faculty of Sciences, Charles University, Prague. He is author or co-author of five monographs and about 80 scientific papers on regional development theories, local and regional development and regional and innovation policy. His research centres on evolution of regional innovation systems and engagement of companies in global production networks. Over the recent years, he provided consultation services to number of regional, national and international organisations dealing with regional and innovation policy, ranging from regional innovation centres to DG REGIO and DG RESEARCH. Ji┼Ö├ş served as a member of the National Management Board for Smart Specialisation in Czechia during its preparation for 2014-2020 period and was member of the Expert Group for RIS3 strategy for 2021-2027 period nominated by the Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade.┬á

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Tiit Tammaru

University of Tartu, Estonia

TOPIC: How Widespread is Counter-urbanization Amidst Digital Transition and Challenges in Urban Housing Affordability?

Tiit Tammaru

University of Tartu, Estonia

Keynote Speakers

University of Tartu, Estonia

Tiit Tammaru

TOPIC: How Widespread is Counter-urbanization Amidst Digital Transition and Challenges in Urban Housing Affordability?

Tiit Tammaru is a Professor of Urban and Population Geography and Head of the Chair of Human Geography at the Department of Geography, University of Tartu. He is the member of the Estonian Academy of Sciences. He has also worked a guest researcher at the Geography departments at the Delft University of Technology, University of Utah, University of Helsinki and Ume├ą University. Tammaru leads the development of longitudinal linked censuses and registers data for urban and regional studies in Estonia. He is theorizing the paradigmatic shift in spatial inequality studies from residential neighborhood approach to activity space-based approach. Together with colleagues from Delft and Tartu he is developing the concept of vicious circle of segregation that focusses on how social and ethnic inequality and segregation are produced and reproduced across multiple life domains: homes, workplaces, schools, leisure time activity sites. He is also interested in how global challenges and poly-crisis may impact migration and segregation processes in physical space. He seeks answers to pertinent questions, such as: Do digital transitions and decreasing housing affordability in large cities create new opportunities for rural areas? An example of such studies is the paper titled ÔÇ×Did the pandemic bring new features to counter-urbanisation? Evidence from EstoniaÔÇť recently published in the ÔÇ×Journal of Rural StudiesÔÇť. His other recent works include edited books and journal special issues such as ÔÇ×Urban Socio-Economic Segregation and Income Inequality: A Global PerspectiveÔÇť (Springer), ÔÇ×Spatial underpinnings of social inequalities: A vicious circles of segregation approachÔÇť (Social Inclusion) and ÔÇ×Segregation and mobility: Understanding the nexus between inequality, segregation and sustainable urban mobilityÔÇť (Journal of Transport Geography).

Maria Tsouri

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway

TOPIC: Innovation Networks and Green Transition

Maria Tsouri

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway

Keynote Speakers

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway

Maria Tsouri

TOPIC: Innovation Networks and Green Transition

Maria Tsouri is Associate Professor for Innovation and Regional Development at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Bergen, Norway. She has been postdoctoral researcher at TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo and at Lund University. She holds a PhD from University of Trento, Italy, on Local Development and Global Dynamics. She was awarded the RSA Early Career grant for 2019. Maria has an interest in the relationships between geography, innovation, and sustainability. Her recent research focuses on the importance of spatial aspects of innovation for sustainability transitions; twin transition and jobs and skills; green and digital regional development; and knowledge and technology transfer in European regions. Empirically, her research focuses on quantitative methods, related diversification and social network analysis. Maria is territorial representative for RSA in Norway, reviewer of several academic journals, and member of the editorial board of the journal Review of Regional Research.

CONFERENCE VENUE

The 9th NoRSA Conference will take place in Courtyard by Marriott Vilnius City Center Hotel, located on Rinktin─Śs str. 3,
Vilnius, Lithuania